behind its appearance of a beautiful object, the ‘earthquake lamp‘ unveils its true nature when it responds — in real time — to earthquakes from around the world with light pulses and a disturbing rumble. the luminaire immediately changes the observer’s behaviour — shifting between anxiety and fascination — while also inviting them to contemplate the reality and beauty of a living planet, constantly in motion.


the lamp has a very simple design

 

 

the inspiration for this creation came from the great 2011 tōhoku earthquake in japan, as the french artist parse/error was living in tokyo during this tragic event. the lamp acts as a connection between us and the earth, like a tangible interaction, and crystallizes our fear and captivation of the power of nature.


the lamp responds to earthquakes from around the world

 

 

linked to the data from IRIS (incorporated research institutions for seismology), the earthquake lamp reproduces earthquakes worldwide with a delay of only a few minutes. this artwork is thought as a flattened planisphere, representing the axis of the longitudes.


the lamp is linked to the data from IRIS

 

 

light and sound pulses change according to the location and magnitude of the earthquake, changing the color and duration of the pulsations, and the power of the sound. linked to a subwoofer, the earthquake lamp produces an impressive rumble that leads the viewer even further into the disturbing sensation of an earthquake.


the lamp’s light and sound pulses change according to the location of the earthquake


the color of the light varies


earthquake lamp in blue

 


earthquake lamp in orange


the lamp acts as a connection between us and the earth


this artwork is thought as a flattened planisphere


the inspiration for this creation came from the great 2011 tōhoku earthquake in japan


linked to a subwoofer, the earthquake lamp will produce an impressive rumble


the lamp leads the viewer into the disturbing sensation of an earthquake

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: maria erman | designboom

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

comments policy
LOG IN
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

PRODUCT LIBRARY

a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

art news